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Management Flight Simulations

“Deep actionable knowledge and decision-making skills develop when people have the chance to apply classroom theory in the real world, with its messy complexity, time pressures, and irreversible consequences.”

– John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor in Computer Science

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Role-playing games provide real-world lessons

MIT Sloan has long been a pioneer among business schools when it comes to action learning—creating real-world applications of classroom knowledge. Management flight simulations are the latest such application. These innovative and interactive tools create a virtual world in which students explore and participate in the critical management issues facing a range of industries and organizations.

Management flight simulations bring an experiential aspect to learning about complex systems. This type of action learning has more impact on students than simply listening to a lecture or engaging in a case study discussion. Students who participate in a simulation can see the immediate consequences of their decisions and learn what it’s truly like to juggle competing priorities amidst a constant influx of information.

Each management simulation offers video user guides and online instructions for students. Registered educators can access video teaching notes and slides that introduce and debrief all aspects of the simulation.



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View this 3-minute video to see how management flight simulations like World Climate are used in the MIT Sloan classroom to generate a highly interactive learning environment.


ClickLearningEdgeMFS.pdfhere to read John Sterman's paper Interactive Web-based Simulations for Strategy and Sustainability